On the 150th anniversary of the Memorial Day holiday, a video has surfaced which is sure to make your blood boil if you have any respect at all for the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The sickening footage shows migrants treating a World War II memorial like a swimming pool. Ultimately, they were confronted by an angry patriot who was disgusted that they would degrade the sacrifice of our veterans in such a way.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Memorial Day holiday. Americans typically spend their Memorial Day, which is considered the unofficial kickoff of the summer season, BBQing poolside with friends and family. But, sadly, many do not know or understand the deep and meaningful history behind the holiday.
We began celebrating Memorial Day shortly after the close of the Civil War:
Ending in 1865, the Civil War claimed more American lives than any other war in our history. With so many fallen soldiers, America’s first national cemeteries were established to lay these men to rest. In cities and towns across the country, loved ones of the fallen began paying tribute at their graves each spring, laying flowers, saying prayers and honoring their sacrifice.
By the spring of 1868, General John A. Logan, the leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance, stating:
“The 30th of May 1868, [is for] decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
The holiday was originally deemed “Decoration Day,” and the first official commemoration of the day was hosted at Arlington National Cemetery. For decades, communities gathered to remember those who had fallen in the Civil War. [Source: The Hill]
Thus, it became apparent that Memorial Day should honor all who had passed away in defense of our flag, from the American Revolution onward. Several decades later, in 1968, the federal government established Memorial Day as a federal holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May, a move that established the three-day weekend that we now enjoy.
While most Americans do not know the history of Memorial Day, still others do not even know the simple difference between this holiday and Veteran’s Day:
Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.
Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to Military.com, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.
Perhaps it is this disregard for the history and significance of Memorial Day which is partly to blame for a sickening video which surfaced just in time to mark the 150th anniversary of this holiday.
Vincente James was in Washington, D.C., when he noticed hoards of migrants swimming in a WWII memorial fountain as if it were a public pool. Stunned, he pulled out his cell phone to film their despicable act and the confrontation which ensued. James then tweeted the footage, which has since enraged thousands of social media users.
“Third world immigrants swim and wash their sweaty feet in a WWII memorial,” James tweeted. “Many say that ‘anyone’ should be allowed to come here. But ask yourself this… Would someone of Euro descent do this? The answer is no. Why is the term ‘diversity’ only used for white countries?” he pondered.
Third world immigrants swim and wash their sweaty feet in a WWII memorial.
Many say that “anyone” should be allowed to come here. But ask yourself this…
Would someone of Euro descent do this? The answer is no.
Why is the term “diversity” only used for white countries? pic.twitter.com/M7zn6ttUXt
— Vincent James (@RealVinceJames) May 25, 2018
The appalling nature of this video is only made worse by the fact that we are lectured nonstop about being respectful of immigrants. Yet, they come to America and disrespect the very people who gave their lives to make this the greatest country in the world. We need to make this video go viral. Apparently, there are a lot of people who think it is perfectly okay to treat a memorial fountain like a bathtub, even though the signage posted at the landmark clearly states otherwise.
This year’s Memorial Day celebration is especially significant, as it marks so many important dates in America’s military history. In addition to this year being the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, it also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and the 75th and 50th anniversaries of World War II and the Vietnam War, respectively. Please do not mark this important date by desecrating a war memorial.